US swimmer Missy Franklin says with only the top two from each nation making it to the finals of the Pan Pacific championships competition will be fierce.
US swim star Missy Franklin expects the unusual format of the Pan Pacific championships to make for some cut-throat competition on the Gold Coast this week.
Only the two fastest swimmers from each nation can qualify for the final, meaning the heats will be super competitive when they start at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on Thursday.
For the US, the PanPacs are being used as a selection trial for next year’s world championships in Russia so the stakes are high.
“It definitely makes it difficult that only two can advance to the finals,” the 19-year-old Franklin said after training in Brisbane on Saturday morning.
“I think it makes prelims more competitive which is good for everyone. With no semi-finals, in the morning everyone has to be on their game.
“We all really want to make that worlds team next year so I think we’re going to be really competitive as a team and we’re going to be really competitive against other teams.”
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Franklin will face stiff competition from Australia’s Belinda Hocking in the 200m backstroke and Emily Seebohm in the 100m backstroke.
A bubbly Franklin said she had not paid too much attention to the performance of the Australians at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games but had gleaned some information from her mum.
“I’m actually really bad at knowing what’s going on,” she said. “My mum normally sends me updates.”
Franklin did however, notice Brisbane sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell, Melanie Schlanger and Emma McKeon shatter the world record in the 4 x 100m women’s freestyle relay team in Scotland.
“It was unbelievable. I was completely blown away by it. To have three people go under 53 (seconds) is truly amazing,” Franklin said.
Franklin is super competitive in the water but insists there are no fierce rivalries between the Americans and the Australians.
“It’s hard to call it a rivalry when we’re all so friendly with each other,” she said.
“I mean we’re constantly joking. Australia is probably the other team in the ready-room that’s dancing and laughing as much as we are.
“I think we’re two teams that really just enjoy getting up and racing each other because we really have that ability to push each other.”